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Swollen gland under right ear at the back of jaw line. Jaw looks puffy. Glands are tender to touch. Could I take advil?

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I have a swollen gland under my right ear at the back of my jaw line. My jaw looks a bit puffy now. During the day it was just annoying and I thought perhaps I had chewed something too hard, but now it is a bit more painful. I have had swollen glands in the past--only occasionally--but never back here. It is tender to the touch.
Is taking Advil okay? I will call my doctor tomorrow. Should I use a compress of some kind?
Posted Tue, 22 Oct 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy 4 hours later
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Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.

I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.

The place which you are decribing has lymphnodes. Now there are multiple lymphnodes around tha area. One behind the ears at the angle of jaw, a couple of them along the lower border of jaw and some below the chin.
Anykind of inflamation around the throat causes them to become swollen and tender. They protect you by fighting with the infections.
The other ppossibility is parotid glad inflamtion which is also present behind the ear and angle of jaw and cause swelling over cheek.
At present you can use advil. You can use paracetamol 500 mg twice a day. You can give some hot compreses. If the swelling and pain persists beyond 2 days then the area needs to be inspected Nd probably antibiotic like cefexime will need to be added.
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